Straw Dogs and Robinson Jeffers

johngrayPerhaps once a year I discover a book so remarkable that I end up highlighting passages on every page. I’m just reading one such book now, Straw Dogs, by London School of Economics professor John Gray, which I will present a review of on Monday. Here’s a poem by Robinson Jeffers included in the book, just to give you a flavour. I can’t find a record of which reader recommended it to me (there’s no search capability for the Userland comments server), so whoever did so, thank you!

tormented persons want truth.
Man is like other animals, wants food and success and
not truth. Only if the mind
Tortured of some interior tension has despaired of
then it hates
its life-cage and seeks further.

Lots more on Monday.

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3 Responses to Straw Dogs and Robinson Jeffers

  1. Mike says:

    I had an unintended ‘wow – that rocks’ moment when I searched amazon for this book and notice the tons of new stuff: Concordance, text stats, citations of other books.Of course these days, if you follow internet tech like I do, you get close to a paradigm-shifting moment once or twice a week.

  2. Aleah says:

    To a certain extent, I agree with these lines and in my misanthropic youth, would have composed similar lines. However, I would say now that I am joyful and am still seeking answers. Perhaps part of the joy comes from learning that there is no one, finite version of truth. I no longer feel compelled to force or defend my version of it.

  3. John says:

    Straw Dogs is one of those few, truly honest and insightful attempts. It seems very much that Gray came under the influence of the Tao Te Ching and Robinson Jeffers, and decided to bring this thought into the study of philosophy.

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